Happy Christmastime!

Merry Christmas from Animator Island

We’re off for the holiday season, as usual, and will return on January 11th, 2016 with all-new updates and animation goodness! Ferdinand and I both wish you the merriest of holiday seasons and tremendous joy as 2015 draws to a close. Thanks for your support this past year, and here’s to a great new one as the calendar rolls over!


Stretch Your Creativity

15 Day Creativity Boot Camp by JK Riki

Full disclosure, this post is a shameless self-promotion. Not going to lie. But it’s also (hopefully) useful as well! Today I had the joy of launching my first book, and it just so happens to be on creativity. Though creativity isn’t one of the official 12 Principles of Animation, it should definitely be the honorary 13th.

Creativity is, unfortunately, something our industry is missing a lot of much of the time. We get a unique new film now and then, but it’s quickly followed with sequel after sequel. Hey, I get it, animation is a business. But it should be a creative business.

Having been written by an animator, there are a lot of animation-related stories and quips. It’s a book suited to any style of creativity, though, and if you’d like to hear more about it you can do so right here! It’s currently on a pay-what-you-want model as well, so check it out. Thanks for letting me share. 🙂

Practice or Die

Animation requires practice or you fail.

If you leave a bicycle out in the rain and never ride it, it’s going to rust and become near unusable. Guess what? Animation is the same way. While you may not leave your skill set “out in the rain,” the truth is if you don’t use it, you’re going to lose it. So what can be done?